Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


The Side is the part of a Longwise set towards either the Men's or the Ladies' Side line; when looking towards The music along the Centre line, the Men's Side is to the left and the Ladies' is to the right.

Diagram, Structure Of 3 Couple Longwise Set Scottish Country Dance

Structure of 3 Couple Longwise Set

Dancers, Positions and Directions in a Longwise, Active, 3-couple set: after the most common Progression. The shaded area is defined as the Inside of The set. The arrows are indicators of Direction, only, not paths followed.

In a Circular set, it is often used to mean the polygon formed by joining adjacent Standing places.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Side, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

51st Travellers
Braes Of Breadalbane
Christmas Party Jig
City Of Belfast
Dean Bridge Of Edinburgh
Eileen Watt's Reel
Jimmy's Fancy
La Flora
Nacton Hall
Swithland Woods

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Set Structure